(b)OINK Flash Fiction Contest

I was a finalist for (b)OINK magazine’s very first flash fiction contest, judged by Kathy Fish! Being named as a finalist is a strange feeling. You’re so close, yet so far away. At the same time, however, the winning stories are truly lovely. I’m happy to have been introduced to these three new writers, and to have been considered their peers in some way. I’ll have a different story published in (b)OINK later on this month. It’s one of the strangest things I’ve written so I’m glad it found a great home.

Interview with Jac Jemc up at Fiction Southeast

A few months ago, author Jac Jemc was nice enough to sit down and talk with me about her new novel, The Grip of It, which will be released on Tuesday by FSG Originals. Jac is a unique, talented, and innovative writer. I loved the book, a creepy literary story about a haunted house and the couple who buy it. Our talk is up now at Fiction Southeast!

Congratulations to the Winners of the Schlafly Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest!

I got a very nice email from River Styx on Thursday saying that I had made it into the final round of judging for the Schlafly Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest. It’s always nice to know when you are close as a writer even if you don’t win, so I’ll take finalist any day over all-out rejection. That said, I do think rejection is an important part of the submission process, and something we all have to face. On Facebook, I made a post celebrating my 210th rejection, and I really meant it.

Anyway, I wanted to say congratulations to the winner and runners-up for this contest. I’m looking forward to reading their work in River Styx!

The Old Brag of My Heart

I wrote some nonfiction! Gay Degani was nice enough to ask me to do a post for her blog, Words in Place. My short essay is part of a series called Journey to Planet Write, and is about Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, my other early favorite authors, and their role in my own path as a writer. Check it out, and stay awhile to read all the great work over at Degani’s site.